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Sauber F1 Team Quotes: Post 2012 Japanese Grand Prix

by Team ZigWheels Posted on 08 Oct 2012

Kamui Kobayashi earned the first podium finish of his career passing the chequered flag with McLaren's Jenson Button barely half a second behind him. Sergio Perez crashed out on lap 19 attempting to overtake Lewis H
milton for the second time in the race

 

Kamui Kobayashi finishes on podium at Suzuka

 

 

Kamui Kobayashi made it – the 26-year-old Japanese achieved the first podium finish of his Formula One career at his home race in Suzuka. Overall it is the 27th podium for Sauber and the fourth this season. Kamui had a very good start from third on the grid and drove a strong and solid race, which was breathtaking for the team at the end when Jenson Button in his McLaren came closer and closer.

 

Sergio Pérez, who started fifth, lost ground right at the beginning. Later he performed a very good overtaking manouevre on Lewis Hamilton in the other McLaren, but it all went wrong when Sergio tried to do this again on lap 19. The Mexican ended up in the gravel due to his own mistake.

 

 

Kamui Kobayashi: 3rd 

Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)

Start on use soft tyres, after 14 laps and 31 laps change to new hard tyres.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet, it is hard to believe – I achieved my first podium in Suzuka! It was a fantastic race and we have been working really hard to get to this point since we were lacking pace on Friday. But the Sauber F1 Team did a great job to recover from there. Starting from third obviously helped a lot and also the long run I did on Friday made me very confident for the race. The team has built a great car this year. You can tell this from the podium finishes my team-mate has had.

 

At times I was close to that as well but I never had the luck. It means so much to me that it finally worked out. Maybe from now on things will be easier. I had a very long last stint today and Jenson (Button) changed for fresh tyres later. My rear tyres where really bad in the end and I had a lot of oversteer. But regardless of this I had to push to defend my podium place. Only during the final lap did I allow myself to really think I can keep him behind me, because then the best overtaking opportunity at the end of the straight was over, and then I saw all the fans and the raised hands. It meant a lot to me and I want to thank the Japanese fans.”